Now in its 39th year, the Shut-In Ridge Trail Run is one of the oldest trail races in the country—and certainly one of the toughest. The 17.8-mile run gains 3,000 feet as it climbs to the Mount Pisgah parking area, twisting along a tight, technical leaf-covered trail for most of the way. This year, Luke Paulson of Asheville, N.C. bested a stacked field and crossed the finish first in 2:22:22. Anne Wheatly won the women’s race in 2:55:28.
Andy Wickstrom captured the grueling, gorgeous, gut-wrenching glory of Shut-In in this photo gallery.